Endodontists located in Upper East Side, Gramercy, and Tribeca, New York, NY
Aside from bringing intense pain, an abscessed tooth can be detrimental to your overall oral health. The dental experts at 3D MicroEndo provide state-of-the-art treatments for abscessed teeth at their three convenient clinics in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and Tribeca. Call any of the New York City offices or use the online scheduling tool to make your appointment and fix your abscessed teeth today.
Abscessed Teeth Q & A
What is an abscessed tooth?
An abscess is a pocket of pus, and it develops as a result of a bacterial infection. Abscesses can form in and around your teeth, and can cause pain and serious, perhaps even life-threatening complications if left untreated.
Are there different kinds of abscessed teeth?
There are a few different types of dental abscesses, each with different causes. Among them are:
A periapical abscess develops at the tip of your tooth’s root. They typically form when bacteria enter the soft inner tissue (pulp) of your tooth through a cavity.
Periodontal abscesses form on your gum near the root of your tooth. They’re usually caused by gum disease or an injury to your gums.
A gingival abscess is an abscess elsewhere on your gums. Most often, they develop when a foreign body (like a popcorn husk) gets stuck in your gums.
What are the signs of an abscessed tooth?
Abscesses typically look like pimples and create pain that might feel like a throbbing sensation that radiates out to your ear or neck.
Some of the other symptoms of abscessed teeth include:
- Redness or swelling in your face
- Swollen, tender, or inflamed gums
- Sensitivity in your teeth
- Loose or discolored teeth
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Tender lymph nodes in your neck or under your jaw
The pain of an abscess can also worsen when you lie down or when you bite or chew something.
If you think you have an abscess, schedule a visit with 3D MicroEndo immediately. If left untreated, the infection in an abscess can spread to other parts of your mouth and even out into your head, neck, or brain. In some cases, an abscess can infect your bloodstream and cause sepsis.
How do you treat abscessed teeth?
The goal of abscess treatment is to eradicate the abscess, alleviate your pain, and make sure the infection doesn’t spread. Your dentist begins by taking an X-ray to assess the extent of your damage. From there, they might recommend any of the following treatments:
- Draining the abscess
- Root canal
- Tooth extraction
- Removing any foreign objects
Don’t wait to treat your abscess. Call 3D MicroEndo or book an appointment online to find relief and restore your oral health today.
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